now for the first European Business Forum on Vocational Training dedicated to « Challenges and trends in skills and career development of the European workforce. »
At the seminar Companies´approaches to skills development of both adult workers and young people will be reviewed.
Here are the 5 workshops of the Forum
Setting targets for competence development – how do companies identify skills needs
– How can good market information acquired by companies be shared with education and training providers to address immediate and future skills needs?
– What are the advantages of companies cooperating with competitors and small businesses in networks (or other fora e.g. skills councils) which address skills concerns?
– How can enterprise-education partnership and cooperation be improved to meet future skills requirements?
– What steps can be taken at EU level to ensure better fit between the skills needs of businesses and education/training provision?
The use of training in competence development – which strategies companies adopt
– Will the trend for competence development over hiring new talent continue?
– Why does formal training generally constitute the smallest percentage of competence development? Is this the most effective approach?
– Are large companies best placed to provide technical training internally or can external providers develop technical training to meet the needs of large enterprises?
– What are the main advantages and drawbacks of the identification and nursing of talent?
– How can fruitful partnerships between stakeholders be established in order to create more effective formal learning for competence development and innovation?
– What could be the role of ICT-supported learning, including the use of social media?
– What can be the role of EU?
The use of work-based learning for competence development
– Which types of skills are best dealt with in work-based learning? Why?
– Do people really learn by doing – or do they just reinvent the wheel or develop sub-optimal solutions?
– To what extent is the focus on work-based learning fueled by the economic crisis and the need to cut costs?
– What are the most important challenges associated with a competence development strategy focused on work-based learning?
– How can the HR department best support that work-based learning is effective?
– How can work-based learning be improved by the use of ICT?
– How can work-based learning be improved through cooperation with partners outside the company? Which partners? What type of cooperation?
– What can be the role of EU?
Role of companies in promoting youth employment
– What are the challenges for companies concerning transnational placements of own apprentices? And for companies considering taking on a foreign apprentice for a placement?
– How do economic incentives affect companies’ willingness to take on apprentices?
– Which factors prevent companies from taking on apprentices?
– Which are the most important challenges in the cooperation between companies and vocational schools on apprenticeships?
– What can companies do to improve the situation concerning apprenticeships?
– What can schools do?
– How best to overcome the paradoxes related to supply and demands of apprenticeship places
– Which financial incentives should be available?
– What support is needed for in-company trainers?
– What can be the role of the EU?
Role of the EU in supporting vocational education and training
– How to strengthen the engagement of companies in EU actions? What are the critical factors, the ‘to-do’ and ‘not-to-do’ aspects?
– What do companies gain from taking part in activities such as Sector Skills Alliances and under what conditions do the benefits out-weigh the costs? Examples?
– What do companies gain from hosting mobile trainees and what conditions are needed for these benefits to be felt?
– What communication channels would be most effective to reach companies and convince them to engage in international learning mobility?